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Edmund Finney's FML

Hey there everybody! It's good to be back home after a fantastic week off. As some of you may have notice, in the manner of Jesus and Liza Minnelli, we organized a big surprise, featuring the new messaging service here on FML. Plus, our traditional Saturday illustration is back as well, so let us hear it folks: "Who is today's artist?". Well, we were kind of expecting a "welcome home FML" but never mind… Today's artist is the creator of a new web comic, hardly 6 months old, recounting the story of Edmund Finney, a young man modestly searching for the meaning of life. Helped (or not?) by strange people and creatures he meets during his way, Edmund's quest is simply delightfully offbeat, that's why the FML Team is very proud to present you today the creator of Edmund Finney's quest to find the meaning of life: Dan Long !


Dan lives in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, where he was born 27 years ago. He went to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and minored in Art with an emphasis in drawing. Dan tried to run a comic strip for the university newspaper, which he quickly learned was pretty hard to maintain. In any case, it was a start. It was his first time being published. After graduating, he moved out to Los Angeles, to see what the entertainment business had to offer, but unfortunately, Dan had no other options than working in a restaurant while trying to find his place as a cartoonist somewhere. Los Angeles was not as magical as it sounded, so he moved back to St. Louis and started his current job, where he works in a company’s Sales and Marketing department.

In the maintime, Dan created a few comic-strips that he submitted to all the major newspapers, but all three comic strip submissions were rejected for being “too different” including the last submission “Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life”.
" I liked the concept of Edmund Finney’s Quest way too much to shelve it, so I decided to post it online and continue the story. I have actually enjoyed creating the comic more now that I don’t have the space constraints of classic newspaper comics. I’ve taken advantage of this freedom in several strips already. "

As Dan has been doing comic strips his whole life, trying web comics seemed a normal thing to do. EQ started fairly recently, back in April of this year. In this almost-daily-updated web comic, you will find random thoughts, rejected comics (those rejected by MAD and others), random sketches, and anything else relating to art or comic humor. But above all, EQ is a web comic about Edmund's quest to find the meaning of life. Good goal don't you think? Well, it's from this global idea that Edmund travels the world and the seven seas, to discover strange creatures or amazing landscapes. EQ even began to prove fruitful, when a few years ago, an editor at the syndicate gave Dan's name to the editor of MAD Magazine, who then e-mailed him asking if he would like to send him some samples of his work. Since then, he has been published in MAD several times, including in their current issue (side note: issue #501, the cover is of Alfred E. Neuman sitting on a curb with a cardboard sign that says “Will Worry for Food”)

Dan is now proud to say that his current projects are new comics for possible publication in MAD, site improvements on EQ, and other freelance gigs he might pick up from time to time. He's also interested in story illustration, like Berke Breathed’s children’s books.

Now here are our final questions before we let
Dan go help Edmund in his quest: why did he choose this story, and why did he decide to send an illustration to FML?
"I think the concept of calling the person who stole your phone is rather creepy. Here’s this guy that now has all your personal information at his fingertips, able to use your plan, call your friends, anything he wants to do with it, and you can’t do much about it. So, why not make it even creepier? And kind of silly as well. Also, I saw other webcomic artists I really admire doing them, and I thought I’d pick one and see what I could do with it. My comic is storyline-driven (kind of), so it’s always good to work on something completely out of my usual element."

You're right, this concept is creepy. And your illustration is funny. GG Dan, thanks a lot for your contribution!

Edmund's quest is this way:


And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our next published artist: send an email to [email protected] which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. It's not that complicated is it? Don't waste any more time and send an email now!

#185 - Illustrated FML - On 08/22/2009 at 9:07am by FML Team - 11 comments

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